Having the Time of your Life?

(Best of Celebrating Your Journey – February 12, 2010)

To all my readers: With 2019, the 14th year of my Celebrating Your Journey blog articles, “From the Heart” byline, I will be offering the “Best of the Best” articles you found helpful through the years. Many thanks to everyone who have given input and followed along w/ each month’s lifeskill—Relationships/Core Values, Time Mgt, Career/Money Mgt, Recordkeeping, Possessions, Housekeeping, Wellness, Meals, Childcare, Recreation/ Entertainment, Reflection, and Celebration. For my new readers, may these lifeskill articles offer you encouragement, insight, and commitment to seek, reach, and achieve your life dreams and goals in synergy.

The Time of Your Life” was a 1939 five-act play by American playwright William Saroyan. The play was the first drama to win both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Much of the action of the play centers on Joe, a young loafer with money who encourages San Francisco bar patrons in their eccentric behaviors.

Joe encounters and helps (sort of) a number of colorful characters, including a would-be dancer, prostitute, frenetic young man in love, an old man who looks like Kit Carson, and an affluent society couple. The play since went on to film and television in the decades ahead.

Although I wouldn’t say this play represents the best way to “have the time of your life,” it definitely gives us a slice of life for some people. How is your slice of life? Can you say you are “having the time of your life?” Isn’t it interesting how the words, time and life, are together in this phrase?

Life Management

Since this month’s focus is on managing your time, how would you define time management? Having the time of your life just might give you a hint. Here’s what I think it is . . . LIFE MANAGEMENT. One wonders how any of the characters in the play just mentioned would survive, let alone thrive. Two of the most troublesome barriers to thriving in life are what I call “Muddling Through” & “Controlled Chaos.”

We all deal with the realities of what I call “controlled chaos.” We all eventually burn out trying to live a “catch up” existence. Without knowing our specific dreams and goals, life’s journey will have little conscious purpose or direction. That’s what I call “muddling through.”

Muddling Through

What other barriers can you think of that you may have experienced yourself? Here are just a few:

  • Too many discretionary commitments (including use of iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, computer games/browsing/chat rooms/TV)\
  • Career/work is always on overtime; you bring work home; spend hours commuting to work
  • Financial limitations; mismanagement of finances
  • Major health and/or relationship challenges
  • Little or no spousal participation/support for tasks and responsibilities
  • Unable or unwilling to seek support or help
  • Physical clutter; lack organizational skills; personality style doesn’t lean in that direction

Are any of these familiar to you? If so, pick a couple of these barriers and share your thoughts with your spouse or trusted friend for feedback and ideas on how to remove these barriers. Once you come up with two possible actions, begin next week to put one of them into action. Ask your friend to help you stay accountable to your commitment to free yourself of that barrier in the months ahead. Be sure to make sure your actions support your life dreams and goals, short-term and long-term.

The key benefit of this exercise is giving you the ability to stay focused and have the greatest potential for achieving your lifetime goals. Other benefits you will experience are:

  • Reduced stress for you and your family.
  • Enhanced passion and lasting commitment for your dreams & goals.
  • More time for you.
  • Improved productivity at work and home.
  • Better alignment of activities by coordinating tasks and activities.

So, begin today “having the time of your life” strategically managing your time and life!